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Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper
When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Masterminds by Gordon Korman
A group of kids discovers they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment.
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You’ll enjoy this new graphic novel if you like…
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library won the 2015 Sakura Medal for Best Chapter Book. This award-winner reminded me of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but set in a library not a chocolate factory. Chris Grabenstein’s latest book, The Island of Dr. Libris, reminded me of Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke. Instead of characters being read into stories, stories come to life on Dr. Libris’ Island. Imagine coming face-to-face with Zeus, Hercules, Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham, Tom Sawyer, Jack and the Giant, The Three Muskateers and more. This is one romping, action-packed adventure that I could see coming to the big screen in the near future.
Coming January 2016…another adventure with Mr. Lemoncello.
I adored this book, in fact, I have adored everything I have ever read by Pam Munoz Ryan. She is one of my all-time favorite children’s authors. If you are a fan of Pam Munoz Ryan’s previous books, this book does not disappoint, in fact, it is right up there with my all-time favorite, Riding Freedom. Like most of her fiction, this book also has a historical fiction element, but unlike her previous books, this book begins as a traditional fantasy story. This book is thick, it is over 500 pages in length, but it is really, four stories in one. Every story is a page-turner. I couldn’t wait to get to the end to see how the fantasy and the three separate tales of three children living in three different places and time periods would be woven together. I am rooting for this book to receive a Newbery Medal this year. Read it and see if you think it is worthy of a Newbery Medal!
If you like friendship stories…READ Every Soul a Star
Setting: Moon Shadow Campground
In alternating chapters, Ali, Bree and Jack tell their stories.
Ally likes the simple things in life-labyrinths, star-gazing, and comet-hunting.
Popular, gorgeous (everybody says so), a future homecoming queen for sure.
Overweight and awkward, Jack is used to spending a lot of time alone. But when opportunity knocks, he finds himself in situations he never would have imagined.
If you like fast-moving plots…READ A Small White Scar
Setting: Colorado – 1940’s
Since his mother’s death, Will’s job has been to look after his twin brother, Denny, who has Down syndrome. The story picks up speed when Will sets out to ride to La Junta to compete in a rodeo. He leaves hoping to break away from the responsibility of looking after Denny, but when he leaves, Denny follows.
Part family tale, part adventure, part journey narrative, this coming-of-age story has an emotional core that will touch even readers who never dreamed of competing in a rodeo.
If you like a page turner with lots of plot twists….READ Skullduggery Pleasant
Twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle’s estate, and must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage (magician), to save the world from the Faceless Ones.
Stephanie and Skulduggery Pleasant must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.
The end of the world?
Over their dead bodies…
If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but want something a little different….READ The Last Invisible Boy
Told in short journal chapters and marvelous drawings…this is the story of 12-year-old Finn and his life-changing summer.1. It’s about an invisible boy.
I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll tell you what you could probably guess from looking at the cover and flipping through the book.
1. It’s about an invisible boy.
2. There are a bunch of drawings.
3. There are some really funny, really happy moments. (Just so you know, there are also some sad moments too.)